Past Food Safety Issues

Issue Summaries for the 112th Congress

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S. 1157, Foodborne Illness Reduction Act
Requires the Secretary of Agriculture to provide retail establishments with information describing recalled meat, poultry, eggs, and related food products, to require the retail establishment to communicate the recall information to consumers, requires the Food Safety Inspection Service of the Department of Agriculture to protect against certain foodborne illnesses, and for other purposes.

Status: S. 1157 was introduced on 6/8/11 and referred to Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry.
AVMA Position: Nonsupport
Primary Contact: Dr. Ashley S. Morgan 


H.R.1830/ S.1955, To Authorize The Interstate Traffic of Unpasteurized Milk and Milk Products That Are Packaged For Direct Human Consumption
H.R. 1830/ S. 1955 would prohibit any federal department, agency, or court from taking any action that would prohibit, interfere with, regulate, or otherwise restrict the interstate traffic of milk, or a milk product, that is unpasteurized and packaged for direct human consumption based on the determination that solely because the milk or milk product is unpasteurized, it is adulterated, misbranded, or otherwise in violation of federal law.
Status:
H.R. 1830 was introduced on 5/11/11 and referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health.  S.1955 was introduced on 12/7/11 and referred to Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.
AVMA Position: Nonsupport
Primary Contact:
Dr. Ashley S. Morgan 

H.R. 4296/ S. 496, Catfish Inspection Repeal
This bill repeals a provision of the Food, Conservation, and Energy Act establishing an inspection and grading program for catfish and other species of farm-raised fish shellfish.
Status: H.R. 4296 was introduced 3/29/12 and referred to the House Committee on Agriculture, Subcommittee on Livestock, Dairy, and Poultry. S. 496 was introduced 3/7/11 and referred to the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry.
AVMA Position: No Action
Primary Contact: Dr. Whitney Miller 

H.R. 3553, Genetically Engineered Food Right to Know Act
The legislation amends the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA), the Federal Meat Inspection Act, and the Poultry Products Inspection Act to deem a food misbranded if it contains or was produced with a genetically engineered material unless its labeling contains statements meeting specified requirements.  The legislation also requires the periodic testing of such foods transferred along a chain of distribution to assure accuracy of labels, subject to specified exceptions.
Status:
H.R. 3553 was introduced on 12/09/11 and referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health, and the Agriculture Committee.
AVMA Position: Nonsupport
Primary Contact:
Dr. Ashley S. Morgan